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Phantazia Washington

Phantazia Washington works in the Bryson Institute of The Attic Youth Center, Philadelphia’s LGBTQ youth center, as a community educator. The mission of The Attic Youth Center is to create opportunities for LGBTQ youth to develop into healthy, independent, civic-minded adults within a safe and supportive community, and to promote the acceptance of LGBTQ youth in society. The Bryson Institute provides workshops and trainings around best practices for working with LGBTQ youth.

Life at the Intersection of Race, Gender, and Mental Health


Phantazia and Monica pose in front of the Golden Gate bridge in California

I’m not in pain anymore. I’m not upset anymore. I’m a very happy, unique kind of person. And it feels good.


–Monica Tiffany Rose in the video A Journey Within



Gender is the complex interrelationship between an individual’s sex (gender biology), one’s internal sense of self as male, female, both or neither (gender identity) as well as one’s outward presentations and behaviors (gender expression) related to that perception, including their gender role. Together, the intersection of these three dimensions produces one’s authentic sense of gender, both in how people experience their own gender as well as how others perceive it.



Intersctionality is the interconnected nature of social categorizations such as race, class, and gender as they apply to a given individual or group, regarded as creating overlapping and interdependent systems of discrimination or disadvantage: through an awareness of intersectionality, we can better acknowledge and ground the differences among us.




Editor’s note: In sometimes strategic, sometimes mysterious ways, films grow legs and walk around the world.

They find audiences that are in need of experiencing them. In today’s digital age with so many distribution options, chances are increased that someone can randomly chance upon a film that has meaning for their life.

Yet it is always a pleasure, and an honor, when a film is selected to be shared with a group of people who are hungry for the story it tells. Such is the story of A Journey Within, a short OC87 Recovery Diaries film about Monica, a young woman who shared her story of growth and resilience as a transgender youth.

This summer, A Journey Within was featured at the 2015 Gender Spectrum Conference in California. Monica and her friend Phantazia participated in the conference and they screened A Journey Within for the attending audience. Here is Phantazia’s account of their memorable trip: